I te Wairua o te Kotahitanga – United in the Spirit
The Diocese of Palmerston North was founded in 1980. Now in our 40th year, we look back with thanks for the good things the Lord has enabled us to do as a diocesan community, and look ahead to dream of what other possibilities God has prepared.
The Diocese of Palmerston North was established on 23 March 1980 by Pope John Paul II, and Bishop Peter Cullinane was appointed as the first bishop of the diocese. The founding documents are on public display at the Te Rau Aroha Diocesan Centre in Palmerston North city.
The logo chosen by Bishop Peter in 1980 features the contours of our diocese with Christ’s words after his resurrection, “peace be with you”, coming down to us from the mountain (which in both Scripture and Māori tradition is a holy place).
Early in the life of our diocese, Bishop Peter wrote: “Our purpose is to be the kind of community in which our lives reflect God’s love for the world – a love that saves and transforms. that is what it means to be God’s people – a people consecrated to God’s purpose and God’s glory.”
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There is no longer any local livestream taking place. If you’re unable to attend Mass this weekend, we instead invite you to watch the 2:00pm televised liturgy on Shine TV: online at www.shinetv.co.nz, on Freeview 25, or Sky 201.